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Sullivan officials estimate Election Day turnout will be between 11,000 and 13,000

J.H. Osborne • Aug 2, 2018 at 8:53 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Polls will be open today in Sullivan County from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the county general election and party primaries for state and federal offices.

Nearly 12,000 Sullivan County voters cast ballots during early voting, which ended Saturday. That’s down from turnout during the last comparable election.

“The August 2010 election is the last time the office of governor was vacant and the most recent to reference for comparison of voter turnout,” Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher said Monday. “In addition to the office of governor being vacant in 2010, a local candidate was also on the ballot for governor, and we set a record for voter turnout in an August state primary and county general election. At the conclusion of early voting for the August 2018 election, we saw a comparable turnout to 2010, with 11,827 voters casting a ballot in person, which is 5 percent fewer voters than 2010.”

The 11,827 figure does not include absentee-by-mail ballots.

Of the 11,827 early ballots cast in person: 10,057 voted Republican; 1,642 voted Democratic; and 128 voted only in the county general election.

Booher said election officials anticipate an additional 11,000 to 13,000 voters will cast ballots today.

“I would encourage voters to review the sample ballots posted on our website and understand that they may choose to vote in either the Republican or Democratic party primary for state offices or the county general election ballot only,” Booher said. “Voters who choose to vote in either party primary will automatically receive the county general election ballot. I would also encourage voters who do not know their Election Day polling location to use the voter lookup feature on our website to determine not only their Election Day polling location, but their districts as well. If your designated Election Day polling location is not the Civic Auditorium or Election Office, which also serve as early voting locations, you cannot vote there on Election Day.”

Voters only need to provide a photo ID issued by the state of Tennessee or federal government in order to vote.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and voters already in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to cast their ballot, but the line will be closed to others.

In August 2010, 56 percent of the total votes were cast during early voting. In this year’s party primaries in May, 51 percent of the total votes cast were during early voting.

If you don’t know your precinct, you can look it up online or call the Sullivan County Election Office at 323-6444 for assistance.

Almost every major office in county government is on the ballot for the county’s general election, including all 24 seats on the Sullivan County Commission, county mayor, property assessor, trustee, sheriff, circuit court clerk, county clerk, register of deeds, commissioner of highways, county attorney and three seats on the Sullivan County Board of Education (Districts 2, 4 and 6).

Offices in the state party primaries include governor; U.S.Senate; U.S. House (District 1); Tennessee House (Districts 1, 2 and 3); and state executive committeeman and committeewoman for each party. The state general election is November 6.

Sample ballots for the county general election, Republican Party primary, and Democratic Party primary can be found online at www.scelect.org.

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